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The Friday of SXSW 2014 was a busy and eventful day for me, my schedule split between the Full Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s during the day and the Communion Records Showcase at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the evening. It was actually in the spare moments between these two delightful events that I had a chance to sit down for a chat with Nick Mulvey before his Communion Showcase appearance.
Last summer, I reviewed Mulvey’s ‘Fever to the Form’ EP and was curious about the meaning of the title phrase. Fast forward several months to the interview at St. David’s Sanctuary, where I was able to ask him about the phrase over a surprisingly relaxed pre-gig cup of tea, as well as talking with him about the difference between the studio and stage arrangements of his songs and his increasingly high-demand touring and rehearsal schedule.
As I write this article, Mulvey has just previewed his next single, ‘Meet Me There’, which is available for preorder as well as to stream via Soundcloud.
Thanks especially to Ellie and Simon for sorting out the details of this interview.
Irish alt-folk quartet The Young Folk are one of the most captivating acts I heard at SXSW 2014, and I had to wait almost to the end of the week to finally see them play at the Full Irish Breakfast hosted by Music from Ireland. I wasn’t familiar with them before we did our preview of Irish and Northern Irish acts showcasing at SXSW, but I fell in love with two of their songs, ‘Way Down South’ and new single ‘Way Home’ as I was doing my research for that piece. Their subtle yet tender lyrics match perfectly with their fresh musical spin on the folk rock trend (think Mumford and Sons but more nimble, less ponderous). Watch the video for ‘Way Home’ below, and if you’re as enchanted as I was, pre-order it on the band’s Web site.
As you’ll hear in the interview below, The Young Folk are as genuinely friendly as they are talented. (I was even persuaded to have the above photo taken with them, despite my general aversion to posing for pictures.) They spoke readily and easily about some of their musical influences, their spring tour dates, and how they spent their time in Austin. More importantly, we discussed their exquisite new album, ‘The Little Battle’, which is due for release later this year on UK folk and world music specialty record label ARC Music..
Special thanks to Jim for his assistance with arranging this interview and for taking the photo at the top of the page.
On the Friday of SXSW 2014, I had the opportunity to see many of the Irish bands I had missed at the Music from Ireland showcase on Wednesday night at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room. One of the bands I did see on Wednesday was Dublin twin sister duo Heathers, and I was excited to see them again at the Full Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s, also hosted by Music from Ireland.
They were in the midst of a flurry of interviews when I caught up with them outside the venue, but they graciously took the time to give me some background information on their seamless vocal harmonies, their edgy rock musical style and their new album ‘Kingdom’, which is due for release at the beginning of April.
Heathers’ set at the Irish Breakfast was made up exclusively of songs from the hard-hitting ‘Kingdom’, most notably their YouTube hit ‘Forget Me Knots’. We’ll have more coverage of the Irish Breakfast here on TGTF, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Heathers’ set list from the day.
Thanks to Ciaran and Brian for setting up this interview.
Mary and I arrived in downtown Austin late on the Thursday night of SXSW 2014, after we attended a special Sofar Sounds show earlier in the evening. Once we were back in the now-familiar downtown area, we split up, Mary rushing to see Longfellow at the British Music Embassy, while I headed off to try to catch The Strypes at Swan Dive before my tentatively-scheduled interview with CYMBALS.
Like everyone at SXSW, CYMBALS were on kind of a crazy schedule, and it took a flurry of texts and e-mails to arrange the final meet up for the interview. In the end, I only managed to catch a few minutes of The Strypes before I diverted to Cheer Up Charlie’s to chat with CYMBALS before their late night show. Cheer Up Charlie’s is another dual-stage venue with bands playing both inside and outside, but I managed to find a fairly quiet place to talk with the CYMBALS’ rhythm section, bassist Luke Carson and drummer Neil Gillespie, about their recent album ‘The Age of Fracture’, their busy touring schedule and some of the other bands they had the chance to see during their time in Austin.
Thanks to Daniel and CYMBALS singer/guitarist Jack Cleverly for sorting the details of this interview.
CYMBALS bassist Luke Carson
CYMBALS drummer Neil Gillespie
CYMBALS keyboardist Dan Simons
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 11:00 am
Ah yes, the band on everyone’s lips, Casual Sex. (In case you haven’t figured this out yet, it’s very important to refer to the band with their proper name to avoid embarrassment in the wrong company…) They had a whirlwind of a week gigging, playing in all sorts of places across Austin, but I would have imagined that their Friday night appearance, surrounded by their fellow countrymen at the Showcasing Scotland night at the British Music Embassy was particularly special for them. It was certainly special to me, even from the get-go: once inside Latitude 30, I was greeted by a burly yet kindly man in a kilt!
It was amazing to have all four members of Casual Sex – Sam Smith, Ed Wood, Pete Masson and Chris McCrory – sat down next to me for this great interview in which we talked about their brilliant week in Austin including the amazing food, where the band name came from (come now, we all wanted to know that surely, yeah?), and they talk to me about Glasgow as well.
Also of note: usually it’s me bringing things to shows for the bands I know, but this night, I was the one to be surprised. Many, many thanks to the guys who brought me a special EP as a present and signed it for me. It is now installed in a place of honour on my desk at work. Cheers guys for your time and your kind present!
The weather on the Thursday afternoon of SXSW 2014 couldn’t have been more perfect for the first in a series of Music For Listeners showcases held at El Sapo Cantina, a Tex-Mex burger joint with outdoor seating, just north of downtown Austin. Music For Listeners is a radio show broadcast on San Antonio radio station KRTU and hosted by Michael Thomas and Orlando Torres. Their Thursday lineup included two acts featured here at TGTF, London alt-folk band The Melodic and Scottish singer/songwriter Withered Hand. Due to a prior commitment in the evening, I only had time to catch The Melodic (stay tuned for a detailed report of Thursday evening’s activities!), but their set was entirely worth the special trip.
I think I may have been genetically predestined to fall in love with a band called The Melodic, as I told our wise editor Mary when she suggested that I take a listen to them before SXSW. Good melodies, vocal and/or instrumental, are key to my musical experience, regardless of whether they’re found in a folk, pop, rock, or electronic context. In the case of The Melodic, their catchy and easily singable melodic lines are couched in a traditional folk sound that is liberally flavoured with African and Latin influences as well as dashes of jazz harmony and classical technique that keep things interesting. The band’s energetic set list at El Sapo on the afternoon included their upbeat recent single, ‘On My Way’ and the more introspective ‘Ode to Victor Jara’, both of which appear on their debut album ‘Effra Parade’. But my favorite moment of the afternoon was their performance of a traditional English folk song, ‘Go Your Way’, written by Anne Briggs and sung beautifully here by Lydia Samuels.
The Melodic, featuring dueling melodicas
After The Melodic’s set, I was able to sit down to an impromptu picnic with Rudi Schmidt, Samuels, and Huw Williams (pictured above), who were kind enough to chat with me while they enjoyed the unique menu offerings from El Sapo. Our delightful discussion touched on the portability of their eclectic instruments, the global influences on their songwriting, and their current American tour.
Special thanks goes out to Orlando, Alex and Sophia for their help with arranging this interview.